Imperium Capital Publication

Viewpoint – August 2019

While most markets extended their gains in July and Wall Street reached new all-time highs, the moves were more muted than in the first half of the year, with some markets falling, notably in Asia, taking the Emerging Markets index down 1.2%. Gains that were made were modest, with the UK the biggest gainer in local currency terms, up 2.1%, but this was driven largely by a sharp fall in sterling which benefits the big listed offshore earners which dominate the UK stock market. Government bonds were generally firm as yields drifted lower while credit markets performed well with investment-grade corporate and high yield bonds each returning 0.6% and emerging market debt 0.8% in the month, taking a year to date returns for all 3 sectors into double digits.